Tull: Piano Concerto & Works For Wind Ensemble

Tull: Piano Concerto & Works For Wind Ensemble

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Catching the musical “bug” when given a trumpet at age nine, Fisher “Mickey” Tull (1934-94) and his older brother formed a high school jazz group called “The Dukes of Rhythm”, even making some recordings at the local radio station. From there he went “on the road”, gaining valuable professional experience. Enrolling at North Texas State Univ., he was immediately immersed in a trumpet studio overflowing with talented players, some being later immortalized in one of Tull’s compositions, Eight Profiles for solo trumpet. He joined the faculty of Sam Houston State Univ. in 1957 as a music theory instructor. After completing a Ph.D. in Composition he was promoted to Chairmanship of the Music Department at Sam Houston State, his seventeen-year tenure spanning some of the Depts. most successful years. The burgeoning city of Houston, with its symphony orchestra and a ballet company, provided professional outlets for his compositions. This recording seeks to present some of Tull’s lesser-known compositions deserving of attention. (Tim Tull, from the liner notes)
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